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#1 JD

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Posted October 16, 2009 - 06:01 PM

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However, I've primarily been a DOS (back to 5.0) and Windows user all these years.

Currently I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate on a 3 year old Sony Vaio 1.6 GHz Duo, 2 GB RAM. XP ran like crap... Windows 7 runs like a dream. Fast, smooth and slick.

Given my current medical condition, not sure I want to fork over $100-200 for it, though.

So I've got a full drive backup of my old XP. I can go back to it, at any time

Now, I've been contemplating switching to Ubuntu. There's the obvious trepidation though, as I've got the usual concern that most people have, when switching to Linux based systems: Compatibility

Anyone with any feedback/problems/issues they've had, in making the switch?

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Posted October 17, 2009 - 03:41 PM

I am not computer savvy so I doubt my input helps.... BUT!!! I have a pc laptop a iMac G5 and a linux desktop... The Linux Unbuntu drives me crazy.. I like playing around with music production.. Maybe because I don't kno about it but, I am unable to do a thing... No limewire...no fl studio...no itunes... i cannot get it to do anythimg but internet... can somebody help me?!?!?!
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Posted October 17, 2009 - 04:54 PM

I know there's a few Ubuntu users on here. Wish they'd give some input.

I know for a fact, you can use some Windows programs with Ubuntu. Have you looked into Wine?

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Posted October 19, 2009 - 10:36 PM

used to be a ubuntu user...I say give it a go..couldn't hurt
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Posted October 22, 2009 - 07:44 AM

I too was planning to "dive-in" to Ubuntu, but didn't because of fear from being not compatible with other softwares. Plus, I'm actually ok with Windows right now. They say Ubuntu is great, but from what I'm seeing, I'm not really into open-sourced software, and customizing my OS is really not my thing, unless I was a programmer. I like it user-friendly; just pop it, load it, use it. If you really want to go with the dive, dive in slowly and take precautions while getting familiar with all the new interface, codecs and terminal commands.

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Posted November 05, 2009 - 01:08 AM

Thanks for the input. Still running the Windows 7... but still debating the Ubuntu switch.

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Posted November 05, 2009 - 07:42 AM

alright, seen this word thrown around a fair amount recently, and ignored it until now...what the hell is it? some sort of operating system apparently...and yes i know i can google, but no time right now

nevermind read more of the thread, its a linux based OS?

i'm loving 7 as well JD, any reason you don't want to stay with that?

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Posted November 05, 2009 - 08:54 PM

alright, seen this word thrown around a fair amount recently, and ignored it until now...what the hell is it? some sort of operating system apparently...and yes i know i can google, but no time right now

nevermind read more of the thread, its a linux based OS?

i'm loving 7 as well JD, any reason you don't want to stay with that?


Yes, its Linux based.

I like Windows 7, but I'm tired of everything being pirated and I'm certainly not going to pay for it, nor in the position to pay for it. Ubuntu is free and easy.

Then this article pops up on my home page today. While, I'm tech savvy enough, to not have had to pay for a single piece of software in probably the last 15 years or so... this article just kind of pounded home, my previous point.
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Posted November 06, 2009 - 01:55 AM

So I downloaded the lastest version of Ubuntu, mounted it to a disc (using PowerISO)... booted and it atually gives you an option of running it off the CD (w/o installing) so you can get a feel of what it is. Granted, it runs slow off your CD drive, but nonetheless, it still impressed me.

Once I get some backups of passwords and such, I'm going to be making the switch. I've got an OEM Windows 7 disc, which if worse comes to worse, I can still install it.... but I'd really like to give this Ubuntu a try. I've been reading reviews and its very highly rated. I'll give a full report, once I am up and running.

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Posted November 06, 2009 - 01:57 AM

used to be a ubuntu user...I say give it a go..couldn't hurt


How come you switched? The newest version, released late last month, is getting rave reviews.

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Posted November 06, 2009 - 07:30 AM

now you've got me kinda curious, i might have to start doin a little research on this thing

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Posted November 06, 2009 - 11:19 PM

I am now... Ubuntu Man! :laughing:

Running well, so far. Had to do one update, that kind of confused me, so I could start adding programs, but a simple Google search cleared that up. The interface to add programs, is sweet. Everything right there, in a program called Ubuntu Software Center. Select the category you want, then scroll thru your choices.

I'm liking it. Probably won't have a real feel for it however, until I start building my site. There's a free html editor, but I think its just a line editor (which I'm used to). Plus, I need to check out the image editing software.

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Posted November 06, 2009 - 11:39 PM

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Posted November 07, 2009 - 07:27 AM

hmm i had been thinking of trying Ubuntu as well, let us know how it goes. Would CS4 install on it?


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Posted November 09, 2009 - 03:20 PM

As far as I know, using a program called "Wine", you can run almost any Windows-based program on Ubuntu, DR. I've installed Wine, but haven't had a need to use it yet. I've been browsing the Ubuntu Software Center and I haven't found it lacking for anything I might ever need, so far.

I really, really like this OS so far. And it can't be said, enough... its ALL FREE. Also, I don't know anything about the previous versions... but this latest (9.10) has supposedly really raised the bar

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Posted November 09, 2009 - 11:41 PM

Oh yeah... full install of Ubuntu (with a couple of extras I've d/l'd so far)... 3.4 GB.

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Posted November 10, 2009 - 07:59 AM

As far as I know, using a program called "Wine", you can run almost any Windows-based program on Ubuntu, DR. I've installed Wine, but haven't had a need to use it yet. I've been browsing the Ubuntu Software Center and I haven't found it lacking for anything I might ever need, so far.

I really, really like this OS so far. And it can't be said, enough... its ALL FREE. Also, I don't know anything about the previous versions... but this latest (9.10) has supposedly really raised the bar



What about mac os software? I have the CS4 ultimate but its mac version


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Posted November 10, 2009 - 03:23 PM

What about mac os software? I have the CS4 ultimate but its mac version


Don't know anything about Mac software. Haven't used it in probably 20+ years. Search Google for CS4 Mac version Ubuntu.

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Posted November 10, 2009 - 03:27 PM

Ubuntu? F THE CELTICS!!! :angry:

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Posted November 10, 2009 - 06:26 PM

Don't know anything about Mac software. Haven't used it in probably 20+ years. Search Google for CS4 Mac version Ubuntu.



JD because I am a lazy tired kat.. What can you tell me about any music editing sofware for Unbutu? Like FL Studios or Cake Walk or Logic?
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